The Faith of the Candidates
Never before in American history has the faith of both presidential candidates been so hotly debated. Thomas Jefferson was branded an "atheist" in the 1800 contest; Catholics Alfred E. Smith and John F. Kennedy were forced to defend their beliefs when they ran for the office; some candidates have been clearly attached to Christian denominations while others were less identified with a specific Christian tradition.
But this year's election features an incumbent who claims to be a Christian but is considered by many to be a Muslim, and a competitor whose Mormon church is considered Christian by some and a cult by others. What do Barack Obama and Mitt Romney actually believe? How relevant are their beliefs to Christians as we cast our votes this November?